For the first time in its history, A Chorus Line has been reimagined for its first major production on a thrust stage by Canada’s top director-choreographer, Donna Feore, who has reconceived the legendary musical specially for the Festival Theatre. Previews are now underway with the production officially opening on May 31.
“Donna Feore’s work always brings joy into the hearts of our audience members,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “She approaches each production with care and creativity, but A Chorus Line is a title with special meaning to her – and to anyone who has been a dancer. The Michael Bennett estate has shown tremendous faith in her abilities as a director and choreographer, giving her the first opportunity to reimagine this for the Festival’s thrust stage. The result is truly a sensation.”
Ms Feore, the talent behind a long string of hit musicals including The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof, has assembled 30 of the country’s hottest triple threats in a production that boasts some of the most difficult and intricate choreography she has ever done.
“Michael Bennett, the creator of A Chorus Line, imagined things unavailable to him on the Broadway stages of the 1970s, a space where his actors could reach their audience unimpeded by the standard orchestra pit, a space that allowed an intimate focus on one story as well as the cacophonous clamour of many,” says Ms Feore. “Well, Stratford is such a place. Our stage was designed to accommodate exactly those demands.
“My first moments on this stage 26 years ago convinced me that the Festival would be an exceptionally good fit for A Chorus Line. And when Michael’s friend and executor John Breglio and I walked onto the Festival stage together last year, he agreed. John also agreed that, had Michael lived to see and been able to use this stage and our dancers, he would have reimagined the show in this space.”
A Chorus Line was lauded as the show that changed the course of Broadway with a run that lasted 15 years. It tells the story of aspiring dancers auditioning for a spot in a Broadway show and features such unforgettable numbers as “What I Did for Love,” “At the Ballet,” “Dance Ten Looks Three” and the spectacular finale, “One (Singular Sensation).”
Performers include: Eric Abel, Matt Alfano, Gabriel Antonacci, Matthew Armet, Ashley Arnett, Alex Black, Juan Chioran, Stephen Cota, Colton Curtis, JJ Gerber, Alexandra Herzog, Galen Johnson, Bonnie Jordan, Bethany Kovarik, Ayrin Mackie, Allison McCaughey, Chad McFadden, Melanie McInenly, Julia McLellan, Nicholas Nesbitt, Matt Nethersole, Cory O’Brien, Jennifer Rider-Shaw, Conor Scully, Genny Sermonia, Jason Sermonia, Cynthia Smithers, Dayna Tietzen and Kimberly-Ann Truong.
The creative team features Musical Director Laura Burton, Designer Michael Gianfrancesco, Lighting Designer Michael Walton and Sound Designer Peter McBoyle.
A Chorus Line was originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, with book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. It was co-choreographed by Bob Avian. The original Broadway production was produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer, in association with Plum Productions, Inc.
For ticket information visit www.stratfordfestival.com or call the box office at 1-800-567-1600.